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Hawke’s Bay: Happy anniversary Church Road

The call came, but I wasn’t thinking straight. Would I be keen to fly to the Hawke’s Bay to celebrate Church Road’s 120-year anniversary, with a wine tasting of its top-shelf TOM wines, followed by lunch and then an afternoon…

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Staying at COMO The Treasury, Perth

Location: Cathedral Avenue in the CBD, about 20 minutes’ drive from Perth Airport.Getting there: Jason from Perth Luxury Transfers drove me in style in his black sedan, with smooth leather seats and complimentary bottled water. The company also offers private…

Vineyards, Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, near Auckland, New Zealand
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Waiheke Island: Sharing the best of times

It seems hard to believe now but just 30 years ago wine was small business on Waiheke.When brothers John and Paul Dunleavy bought 12ha of farmland in 1988, there were just two wineries on the island — Goldwater and Stonyridge….

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Manly: Live like a Sydney local

Manly is one of Sydney’s most famous tourist attractions but may also be one of its least penetrated and understood.“Every concierge in Sydney will tell their guests to come here,” says Manly Centre manager Meegan Clancy. “But when they get…

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Staying at Lidgard House, Kawau Island

Sitting waterside on Kawau Island, the house is owned by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. There’s a flagpole out the front on which guests can raise the RNZYS colours each morning.Getting there: We caught a water taxi — well,…

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San Francisco: Return to the summer of love

As the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love approaches next year, its epicentre in San Francisco is these days less counterculture and more just countering rising property prices.Haight-Ashbury became a flower-child mecca in 1967. Most accounts say the “summer”…

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A taste of the Whitsundays

Strike me pink, Australia is big. And there are parts of it so beautiful they’ll take your breath away. Most of Queensland’s Whitsundays region, a 90-minute flight north from Brisbane, looks like the backdrop to a Lara Bingle ad.Stretching from…

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Rotorua: Mindful Moments

There’s a certain effervescent energy when you get a group of women in a room together.It’s bubbling and overflowing with positive vibes, and there is a risk that they won’t be able to shut up. I noticed this instantly as…

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